The EAEPC was founded in June 1998 but parallel distribution in medicines began long before the association, more than four decades ago. The original pioneers imported products from Italy into Germany and the UK. Soon after, medicines were increasingly traded from Greece and Spain into Scandinavia.

For a while parallel distribution operated mostly from the South to the North but in the last fifteen years, enabled by the European Single Market, parallel distribution has become a veritable intra-European activity. Nearly all EEA countries, where no barriers to trade exist, experience and benefit from incoming and outgoing parallel distribution.

The EAEPC is and remains the only body to bring together pharmaceutical parallel distributors from across the European Economic Area (EEA).